Scott Nova on Bangladesh factory fire, Maurice Carney on Congo


Scott Nova of the Workers Rights Consortium joins us to talk about the fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh that killed over 100 workers. “War torn, mineral rich” --that’s pretty much all Time magazine thinks you need to know about the region of eastern Congo. Maurice Carney of the group Friends of the Congo talks media.


The Celebrity and the Sweatshops

Kathie Lee's "Star Power" outshines child workers

Kathie Lee Gifford was caught off guard when labor rights ac­tivist Charlie Kernaghan and his team at the National Labor Committee revealed the unperky truth: The Wal-Mart clothing line that bears her name (and picture) was partly made in sweatshops by Central American kids. But before the month was out, Gif­ford's "Scramble to Save Face" (New York Times, 5/24/96) had been trans­formed into a crusade: With help from damage-control king Howard Ruben­stein (PR consultant to Leona Helmsley and Donald Trump), Kathie Lee became a "committed labor activist" (New York Times, 6/13/96). Suddenly it was Gif­ford, not Kernaghan, who had "called […]